More than the infectious music, the steel pan that can be heard from the hills and valleys, to the speakers blaring on every corner for every party on all corners of our twin island, Carnival is colour, culture and FASHION!
The streets become our runways from fete land to the big stage! There are some names that have become significant with fashion and Carnival and have been raising the bar annually! Lost Tribe in their third year, continues to include local designers in their designing team and it shows! Draped cloth, flared skirts, capes and so much more than the usual bikini and beads, proving that aspects of the traditional mas of storytelling and costuming is still alive and well.
Another band that uses their creativity to their advantage and brings their Avant Garde aesthetic to their audience is K2K Alliance. Art and the story of mas embody their vision and this dynamic duo ensures their purpose of mas and fashion is personified through their pieces. Their fashionable "costumes" are not just for the road but can be worn and used long after the dust has cleared. Their credo says it all "K2k- Where fashion meets mas with a purpose." What else is there to say! Even their Monday wear is fashionable while making a statement!
K2K Monday wear
Speaking of Monday wear, one name that has become synonymous with the term and has actually surpassed just creating for his clients but is now a part of a new package offered by TRIBE Carnival is Rhion Romany. Romany is known for his luxurious and sexy body and resort wear and also on everyone's lips when it comes to that beloved Monday. With this step into not just creating for the band but offering this unique package, proves that place that fashion and creativity has on the road. Romany has also introduced for 2018 a men's wear line becoming more inclusive and expanding his ever growing reach.
Mizaj for Tribe Carnival
Monday Experience - Briar Rose
Two other brands that have stepped into the Monday wear ring and booming in their own right are Christian Boucaud and Chandra Maharaj. Boucaud's signature weaving and Afrocentric styles cross over into her swim and Monday wear giving the wearer a bold look for the road, while Maharaj offers her flirty resort style to neon and bright coloured pieces.
Christian Boucaud Designs
Chandra Maharaj Designs
Not to be out done these two designers are also ensuring their customers are fete- ready with their signature styles easily identified and admired.
Local designers are filling a void and staking their claim when it comes to Carnival they are fitting in, breaking barriers and sending messages. Accessory and jewellery designers such as CQ Accessories, De-Colle-te and Drevait offering unique styles to compliment any outfit. Adding flair and fashion to simple pieces, these creatives are leaving their mark in the artisan world and fitting right in for Carnival.
Triple threat from Shop Shari, she gets it! Covering her girl with accessories and clothing for the cooler parties to the all inclusive, dress it up a or down these funky and bright pieces are longstanding not just for Carnival but any event where that extra pop of colour is needed!
Design and creativity have also shown up on the road with artist Sheldon Warner adding his touch to a necessity in the fetes and on the road, mason jars! Aside from his usual hand painted clothing that pops up in numerous events on some well known people, he has expanded into home and glass ware, realising the use and need for plastic especially in parties -smart guy!
Makeup! A major part of the season, where anything goes - Caribbean Queen Cosmestics creates highly pigmented shadows that not only fit the bill but represent who we are, a vibrant, bold and bright people. The names alone make us proud - Palance, Coconut Water, Tempo, Soka in d Moka, Titivae; what's not to love. Even better, the pallets and single shadows are pressed into steel pan molds! *swoon
Fashion and creativity are a part of our culture and adding their two cents to the Carnival scene proving that they are not just viable but adding to its diversity.
This list is by no means exhaustive nor suggestive of what you should wear this season, there are many other brands which may fit your style and budget. Whatever you choose, be sure to stay fabulous and fashionable and have a safe Carnival!
Love and Fashion!